Soba Noodle Soup

Soba Noodle Soup
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Soba noodle soup

Soba Noodle Soup is a delicious and warming Japanese dish that's perfect for any time of the year. This recipe is adjusted to serve 4 people and is easy to make, providing a delightful balance of flavors and textures.


  • 8 oz (225g) soba noodles
  • 8 cups (2 liters) dashi stock (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 block (7 oz) firm tofu, cubed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 sheet nori, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, minced
  • Optional: soft-boiled eggs, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Noodles: Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Make the Broth: In a large pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and ginger, and sauté until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).
  3. Add Mushrooms: Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms to the pot and cook for another 3-4 minutes until they start to soften.
  4. Combine Broth Ingredients: Pour in the dashi stock (or vegetable broth), soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Stir well to combine and bring to a gentle simmer.
  5. Add Tofu and Spinach: Add the cubed tofu and baby spinach leaves to the pot. Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the tofu is heated through.
  6. Assemble the Soup: Divide the cooked soba noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle the hot soup over the noodles, ensuring each bowl gets an even amount of mushrooms, tofu, and spinach.
  7. Garnish: Top each bowl with sliced green onions and nori strips. If using, add half of a soft-boiled egg to each bowl for an extra touch.

Soba Noodle Soup is a wholesome and satisfying meal that's both nutritious and flavorful. Enjoy it hot for a comforting experience, and feel free to customize it with your favorite vegetables or proteins. Happy cooking!

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